July 23, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Granite District of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Prayer based on 1 Kings 3:5-12
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we don’t know how you do it, but we know that you hear each and every one of us when we pray. When we pray, we usually ask You for something, sometimes for ourselves and sometimes for others.
In our scripture today, rather than Solomon asking You for something, You asked Solomon what he would want You to give to him. Solomon thought it over very carefully and asked You for “an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil.” Notice that Solomon asked for wisdom and discernment to carry out his job. He did not ask You to do the job for him. So, we should not ask You to do for us what You want to do through us. Instead we should ask You to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the courage to follow through on it.
Today, and every day, let us pray together to our God: “Heavenly Father, knower and giver of all, today the only thing we ask of You is for the wisdom and ability to help ourselves and others live the lives as You would want. As we pray, we know that we are just individuals and ask ourselves what one person can do on this large earth, but if we remember that You hear all prayers, we then remember and understand that we are not acting alone. As You readily gave to Solomon, we pray that You give each of us a wise and discerning heart and mind, the ability to touch others with Your love, let others know who and what Christ is, and bring everlasting love and peace to this earth. We know that together we can accomplish anything and everything in Your name! We pray these things in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Prayer submitted by Arnie Johnson, Retired Licensed Local Pastor of the Granite District